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Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques (Ceramics) [Paperback]

Frank Hamer , Janet Hamer
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30 Jun 1997 Ceramics
A reference for amateur and professional potters. It presents information on the sources and character of materials, the behaviour of clays and glaze minerals during forming and firing processes, forming methods and glaze construction, and explanations of terminology and historical developments.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (30 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713644184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713644180
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 22.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,552,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well-known potters and teachers, they are both founder members of the South Wales Potters Group, and Frank has been a frequent contributor to numerous ceramic journals. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must-have" reference book 6 Mar 2001
If you had to choose only one book on pottery, this is the one to put on your easy-to-reach shelf. I've had my well-thumbed volume for 16 years, since leaving my other bottomless source of information behind at college (my tutor). Not a book to find inspiration in (there are a 1001 glossy picture-books & magazines about for that), but an invaluable reference to get precise information from. Easy to use, loaded with photos, drawings, diagrams, graphs & tables on everything from A to Zirconium Silicate. If you're a serious pottery maker, professional or amateur, teacher or hobbyist, this is the only "must-have" for answers to your questions, queries & problems.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single best hands-on resource for clay working. 2 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the single best hands-on resource for clay working that I have found in over 20 years of clayworking, studying and teaching. It is a dictionary BUT it is cross-referenced and illustrated with many well-covered, interlocking topics. There are seven full pages on cracking alone with all the various factors described so one can diagnose and correct problems in the shortest possible time.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reference, must-have for serious potter 9 Aug 1999
By Angel Lee - Published on Amazon.com
This is an indispensable reference for anyone involved in the potter's and ceramic arts. More an encyclopedia than a dictionary, the depth and detail of coverage is outstanding.
From the artistic to the highly technical, everything is here. Materials & processes as well as chemical compositions and practical formulae are accompanied by black & white photos and excellent diagrams.
A wealth of information is provided in an appendix of 42 tables, a bibliography, a list of suppliers and personal recipes from a number of artists. Historical styles and techniques are included as well.
Two sections of color plates include many varied and beautiful finished pieces with technical details and references to appropriate dictionary entries. This is definitely a classic in its field.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best ceramics reference book you will find. 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have depended upon this book for years as a student and now as a professor of ceramics. Topics are listed alphabetically (as in a dictionary or encyclopedia) and provide information ranging from the definition of common and obscure potter's terminology, to thorough explanations of the physical and chemical properties of clay and various related materials. This is a resource that will keep providing information as you progress in your understanding of the medium.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only have 1 pottery book get this one 12 April 2008
By H. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, this is not a "how-to" book. If you want a book on pottery making or throwing techniques, don't buy this book. However, if you want an exhaustive encyclopedia of ceramic information, you need this book. Want to know why your pottery cracked the way it did, this book will tell you why. Want to know why a glaze recipe differs from batch to batch, the info will be in this book. This is the book that never gets lent out yet always quoted. Irregardless of wording or cultural bias, if you plan on being a professional clay artist, this book is the definitive authority on ceramic science.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive, Exhaustive, Excellent 12 May 2007
By Chad Gunderson - Published on Amazon.com
The Potter's Dictionary offers details and facts about everything ceramic. Clay and glaze materials are explained more in-depth in this book than any other I have read. Subjects are presented in a clear and concise manner and the alphabetical order makes things very easy to find. It's more like an encyclopedia than a dictionary. When needed, great graphics complement many of the articles. No wonder this book has been published since 1975, A+!!!
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